We all grew up hearing and reading the fairy tales of Cinderella, the little Red Riding Hood, Snow White and the seven dwarfs and so on. These stories gave us immense amusement and formed an integral part of our childhood. A story is a narrative, either true or fictitious, in prose or verse, designed to interest, amuse, or instruct the hearer or reader.
In order to write an effective story one should utilize their ideas and colour them with imagination. A story must be brief and concise and should reflect the personal experiences of the writer. It must leave behind an impression on the readers. Chief elements of a story include the characters who must be realistic and thinking and feeling individuals, the setting where the story takes place and the plot which unfolds the incidents of the story.
A story can be presented through a third person’s narrative where the author is omniscient. It can also be presented through a ‘first person’ narrative where the author acts as a participant. One may also give it an objective treatment where the author acts as an observer.